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ERIC Number: EJ1171377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
Building Alliance for Preschool Inclusion: Parents of Typically Developing Children, Attitudes and Perceptions
Sira, Natalia; Maine, Erica; McNeil, Sarah
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v39 n1 p32-49 2018
The current study investigated perceptions, thoughts, and attitudes of parents of typically developing children enrolled in inclusive 3-year-old and 4-year-old preschool classrooms. Using a qualitative approach, guided by ecological system theory semi-structured interviews with parents (N = 7) were completed. Several common themes related to inclusive preschool interactions were identified. Results indicated that parental perspectives, perceptions, and experiences vary. While parents were supportive of inclusion philosophy in child care centers, they felt less confident in their ability to explain the limitations associated with special needs to their young children. Parental support and involvement within inclusive preschool classrooms may be strengthened through the development of educational programs and family--professional partnerships. The role and involvement of teachers in facilitating parental support of inclusion philosophy is also addressed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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